Microsoft has released Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) with security enhancements and “push” mobile e-mail support.
SP2 offers better protection for users against spam and other mailbox enhancements.
In addition, it includes technology to allow e-mails to be sent directly from Exchange to Windows mobile-based devices, without users having to dial up to receive them.
With this technology, SP2 allows Microsoft to compete head on with RIM, which sells its BlackBerry Connect mail server technology to allow users to do the same thing.
To use the push technology, mobile devices need to have the Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack loaded.
The first devices with this software pre-installed won’t hit the market until early 2006. Devices from Palm and Motorola will be among the first to use the pre-installed software.
Users who can’t wait until then can download the software onto devices themselves from next month, promised Microsoft.